Creating a productive digital footprint is something we want all students to embrace. Our Grades 3-5 topic this week is “Online Privacy” as they move through Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport lessons.
It is important for students to understand the implications of their online actions. Doing something silly now may not be putting your best professional foot forward for the future.
Think like a student – when was the last time you thought what you are doing today might be the reason you don’t get a job when you are 30? I remember being in high school thinking 30 was like “OLD” and truthfully, it would have been unlikely I would have really paused before posting.
Take a look at this article in the New York Times, “They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets“.
Interesting post, right? However, there may be some that don’t believe online privacy is an issue. Let’s test that theory by watching the “Amazing Mind Reader”:
Who is concerned with privacy?
92% of parents are concerned that kids share too much information online (Common Sense Media/Zogby Intl.)
– Online Privacy: What It Is and How to Get It – Common Sense Media
So, what can teachers do to help students think before they post?
What will you do to help students create and protect their digital footprint?
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